PATRIOT'S DREAM by Barbara Michaels


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Off the rack but serviceable is this Bicentennial romance which swirls between 18th-and 20th-century Williamsburg. Jan, initially a reluctant guest in the historic manse of her aged aunt and uncle, becomes a time-traveler in her nightly dreams--back to the tragedy-laced careers of an ancestor, aristocratic Charles, and, his friend (or relative?), generous, impulsive abolitionist Jonathan. While Charles is off with Washington, Jonathan, in order to gain some measure of freedom for blacks, spies for the Tories in exchange for the slaves' release into the British Army. But there's a turnabout as Charles falls deeply in love with a young slave girl, Leah, and Jonathan comes around to the patriot cause to fight and almost die to save Charles and Leah. Here Jan materializes beside Jonathan but returns to sort out both past and present. Well plotted but as glossy as acrilan knee britches.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1976
Publisher: Dodd, Mead